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The Pajama Game (1957)

An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise.


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Complete credited cast:
Babe Williams
John Raitt ...
Sid Sorokin
Carol Haney ...
Gladys Hotchkiss
Vernon Hines
Jack Straw ...
Myron Hasler
Owen Martin ...
Jackie Kelk ...
First Helper
Ralph W. Chambers ...
Charlie (as Ralph Chambers)
Mary Stanton ...
Buzz Miller ...
Kenneth LeRoy ...


Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won't take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions! Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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Release Date:

10 December 1957 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Il gioco del pigiama  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank Sinatra turned down the lead role, which would have paired him with Janis Paige, who played the role on Broadway. As a result, Paige lost out on playing the part to Doris Day, who was considered a bigger box-office draw. See more »


When the Annual Picnic is announced on the banner outside the Sleeptite Pajama Factory, it shows it as Thursday, 12th July. If you look carefully at the calendar in Sid Sorokin's office, you will see that the 12th is a Monday. See more »


[Union leaders try to think of ways to disrupt the pajama factory]
Brenda: How about if the packers put the size large bottoms with the size small tops?
Prez: Sure. Now, that's what I mean. That's constructive.
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Referenced in Punky Brewster: The Matchmaker (1987) See more »


Hey There
Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Sung by Doris Day
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Day and Raitt Rate
6 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

in this breezy version of the 50s stage smash. Fun all the way with many songs that became 50s standards: "Hey There," "Hernando's Hideaway," "Steam Heat." Great supporting cast led by Carol Haney, Reta Shaw, Eddie Foy, Jr., Ralph Dunn, Thelma Pelish, and Barbara Nichols. Peter Gennaro is one of the dancers. Raitt is hunky and butch in the musical lead, and Day is at her tomboy best. "There Once Was a Man" is a super duet for the stars, allowing them to be be funny while they belt out this classic, while Shaw and Foy shine in "Picture This." The "Hey There" number with Raitt playing back the song on his dictaphone and responding to it is a true classic and was also a smash 50s hit for Rosemary Clooney.

But Haney just about steals the show as Gladys in the "Steam Heat" and "Once a Year Day" numbers. She's also hilarious in the "Hernando's Hideaway" number and following comic scenes. Haney is a combo of Gwen Verdon, Carol Burnett & Alice Ghostley. Haney was also a featured dancer in Kiss Me Kate. Great fun.

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